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What Kind Of Dog Is Right For Me?

Postby Kerri » Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:27 pm

I want a dog that won't raise my insurance and that will keep people and other animals out of my yard and the only time he/she will be in the yard is when i am at work witch will be at max 7 hours. The only reason i want a dog that can do all of these things is so it will keep the cats, raccoons and other animals out of my yard that come in my yard and rip open the trash bags and yes i have a fence i have a wooden fence in my back yard but in th front it is a chain linked fence and even with the fence i have had people walk in my yard and try to still stuff out of my yard and i am just tiered of if.

p.s. i am a experienced dog owner and the dog will be treated like a normal family pet/ with lots of love
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Postby Iniss » Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:15 pm

Here's how to find the best breed for you:

Look for books on choosing the right breed.
A sample would be THE PERFECT MATCH: A DOG BUYER'S GUIDE by Chris Walkowicz & PAWS TO CONSIDER by Brian Kilcommons & Sarah Wilson.
Get one for each family member.
Everyone read their book, write down breeds that interest you & why.
When you finish the first book, pass the books around & continue till everyone has read all the books.
Have a family meeting & go through the lists everyone made & narrow the list till there?s at least one breed from each family member that everyone else also likes.

Go to www.akc.org & click through to the national breed clubs & read up on your breeds in more detail.
Libraries & bookstores also carry single breed books, such as Paul Stang's COMPLETE BOOK OF THE GREAT PYRENEES, or THE NEW COMPLETE LHASA APSO by Norman & Carolyn Herbel.
Read up on your breeds.
Shorten your list more.

Go back to www.akc.org & search the events calendar for shows you can attend.
There is no substitute for meeting dogs in person.
Speak to the owners about their dogs.
Asking a fancier to talk you out of their breed can be very fruitful, even if you both know it's just a conversational gimmick.

Eventually, the right breed will be obvious.
It may take a while; don?t be impatient: this is rather like adopting a baby.
You?re choosing a family member who will be with you & a part of the family for the next decade.
Take the time to make sure the choice is the right one.
Don't pick a breed by how cute the puppies are; dogs grow up fast.

Now you have to pick a breeder.

Do your research: check out what the breeder(s) you are dealing with are breeding, & how: every breed has a medical challenge or two, & any conscientious breeder is trying to eliminate those challenges from the breed by screening the breeding stock & not using animals that are afflicted or carry the genes for affliction.

Each breed's parent club has a Code of Ethics, & most will have a list of breeders who have signed it. I would, personally, confine my puppy hunt to those on that list.
There is also a new award at the AKC, the Breeder of Merit list, which is obviously a COE breeder who has excelled over a significant period of time, making tangible contributions to their breed.
Puppies from a Merit breeder will be hard to get; one of the ways they earn that award is by spending time on planning & raising each litter.

Most breeds should have hip x-rays done at age two & sent to OFA for evaluation; only Good or Excellent are suitable for breeding.

Most breeds should have annual eye exams by a certified veterinary ophthamologist, results submitted to CERF for a certificate testifying that the dog is currently showing no signs of the congenital forms of blindness.

Some breeds have ongoing issues with hearing & so a BAER test by the veterinarian is a good idea for Dalmatians & white Boxers, for example.

Each breed's parent club website will have a health page where they discuss the work they are doing to make their dogs more healthy.
Read it & make sure your breeder is working on those issues.

Have fun at the research; it can be a blast.
Take some time making sure you're making the right decision.
Also, once you've picked the breed you want, you don't have to commit to a puppy; sometimes purebred rescue is a great resource for young & mature adults who need homes.
Most rescues don't have facilities & maintain their dogs in foster homes. The fosterers are a great resource for you: they'll know if the dog is a chicken killer, a couch potato, hates mailmen or kids, whatever, so you can match the dog with your personal circumstances.

But you need to make your own decision.

Good luck!
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Postby Darence » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:03 am

American Pit Bull Terrier has a lovely prey drive and is super friendly, but many people are afraid of them! Try statefarm for insurance, they cover this breed!
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Postby Trevon » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:08 am

Whats your price range? I would look at a Dover pincher. There sadly, really, really, expensive, but take a look at your local pound, find a dog that needs adoption, im sure you will find one :)
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Postby Kiernan » Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:47 pm

Rat terrier, German shepard, Lab, Jack Russel, West Highland Terrier, anything that likes to chase other animals or was bred to hunt.
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Postby Piperel » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:25 pm

As far as your trash goes, buy a good trash can. A dog will rip bags open just like any other animal! A dog is good deterrent to keep people from coming in your yard, and that will include the mailman! If your mailman can get to your mailbox, okay.

You have to choose a dog that is a good fit for you. How much time/money do you realistically want to spend on grooming? How much exercise can you give the dog every day? Just hanging out in the yard is not exercise. How big a food bill can you handle? How cold does it get where you live in winter? A small or short-haired dog can't be left in sub-freezing temperatures for 7 hours, even with an insulated dog house (which any dog outside that long should have).

Most dogs will bark at anyone invading their territory. Many dogs will bark at anything/anyone that moves. Some dogs just bark because they are bored or lonely. How tolerant are your neighbors?

When you answer all these questions, you will have your choices narrowed down considerably. I suggest when you have an idea of what sort of dog might be a good fit (example: a Lab or Retriever type), go to your local shelter and see if you find your dog. He/she should be one that contains these breeds, but doesn't have to be pure-bred. Mixed breeds usually have the best characteristics of the breeds they contain, with fewer of the undesirable characteristics. All my best dogs have came from shelters or rescues. Good luck!
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